Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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Yet another delay for the sounding rocket launch at Wallops Flight Facility yesterday.

It had originally been scheduled to liftoff on June 18th.

This is the 8th delay so far.

NASA officials will meet this afternoon for a weather briefing before making a decision on whether to attempt another launch.

The rocket will send out canisters with that disperse red and blue-green vapors forming artificial clouds so scientists can track the motion of particles in space.

They will reach over a 100 miles above the earth’s surface.

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Thousands gathered for the annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover.

But one man Zachary Hamilton is now charged with trying to hijack a van with six employees of RMC Events.

WBOC reports that Hamilton allegedly smashed through a fence before coming to halt when the vehicle struck some brush.

Police say that Hamilton punched the officers when they tried to make an arrest and head butted a police vehicle causing damage.  

The television station reports that the police learned later that he alleged struck

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is offering police training to help endangered children.

The free, two-day training course for law enforcement is taking place Monday and Tuesday in Hanover at the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety originally developed the "Interdiction for Protection of Children," a training course to help troopers identify and rescue endangered children.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - More than 1,000 animals have a new home following a weekend "mega" adoption event in Delaware.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports upward of 7,000 people attended the event at Bellevue State Park on Saturday and Sunday hosted by the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The 1,134 homeless animals that were placed with families topped the first "mega" adoption's 886 animals placed over three days during December 2016 in Philadelphia.
 

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The Ocean City Air Show got some perfect weather and upwards of 300-thousand showed up for the Saturday event.

The Navy’s Blue Angels made their appearance.

The F-22 Raptor team was the final act a slot normally reserved for the Blue Angels because of weather conditions.

There were light sprinkles throughout the afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some of the crowd was packed shoulder to shoulder around the 16th Street show center.

The paper many were impressed by the areal display.

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Tourists will get a sneak peek of the Ocean City Air Show this afternoon as thousands flock to the resort for the annual event. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this reports.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City can now legally ban topless women.

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As Delaware lawmakers struggle to close a nearly $400 million budget deficit, educators are concerned about the hit the state's public schools might take when the wrangling is all over. One of those is Fredericka Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with the outgoing president about the proposed cuts could have.

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The Firefly Music Festival in Dover has gotten underway.

Yesterday morning the hip-hop group Trio kicked off the event at the Northeast Hub stage as the early campers got their own parties started.

The festival is now in its sixth years and has grown from 30-thousand attendees in 2012 to 90-thousand last year.

The genres range from hip-hop to alt-country.

The acts include Chance the Rapper, Wale and Twenty One Pilots.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved legislation restricting the factors that insurers can use in setting automobile insurance rates.

The bill, a watered-down version of legislation that had stalled in committee amid opposition from industry groups, was approved Thursday on a 24-14 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco in Delaware as part of an effort to fashion a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

One bill introduced Thursday raises the beer tax by two cents a can. The wine tax would increase by about three cents per serving, while taxes on liquor would jump by 15 cents per 750 milliliter bottle. The increases would net an estimated $7.2 million next year and $9.9 million the following year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor is urging a federal appeals court to find that she is immune from a civil lawsuit filed by five police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The officers are suing Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for malicious prosecution, defamation and invasion of privacy. Other claims, including false imprisonment, were dismissed.

Mosby said in a brief filed this week in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a lower court should have found her to be immune from being sued because she's a prosecutor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's elections administrator says the state found "suspicious activity" on a computer system it uses for online voter registration before last fall's election.

Linda Lamone says cybersecurity experts determined the system was not penetrated, thanks to "strong security protocols."

She disclosed the activity on Wednesday in response to an inquiry by The Baltimore Sun about alleged Russian cyber attacks on states' election systems. Maryland's experts didn't determine the origin of the apparent attempted breach.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The Frederick County school board has approved a policy to protect transgender students.

The Frederick News-Post reports the policy allows students to choose which bathroom to use. It also gives students options such as privacy curtains, access to private bathrooms and different schedules for changing clothes in locker rooms. Students may also participate in sports that align with their gender identity.

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He was known as Daddy Art.

And he captained the Skipjack “The City of Crisfield”.

This week Art Daniels died at home at the age of 95.

His grandson Lee Daniels told the Salisbury Daily Times that his grandfather had a good run.

He often won the annual Deal Island Skipjack Race.

Photographer Jay Fleming told the newspaper that Daniels helped inspire his book “Working the Water” which features watermen of the Chesapeake Bay.

The “City of Crisfield” has been undergoing restoration which is expected to coast at least $200-thousand.

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Starting today the population of Dover is expected to double with the opening of the Firefly Music Festival.

Some estimate that at least 90-thousand people are expected to attend.

Officials warn that traffic is expected to be tough with 70 percent coming from north of Dover.

If traffic becomes too congested on Route 13 officials say they may shutdown Exit 104 forcing drivers to Exit 95 to bring them up from the south.

Recreational vehicles have already begun to arrive for the four day event.

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It’s that time of the year again.

Thousands will flock this weekend to the Ocean City for its annual air show that will feature the Stealth Bomber.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge in Maryland has ruled against a man who tried to claim a $2.8 million top prize in the world's largest billfish tournament.

Wednesday's ruling came in a lawsuit pitting the White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City against Phil Heasley of Naples, Florida.

Heasley was crowned last year's tournament winner after catching a 76.5 pound marlin, but he and his crew were disqualified after failing to pass required polygraph tests.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is seeking a rate increase of 33.6 percent for covering individuals under the Affordable Care Act.

State insurance regulators said Wednesday that the requested rate increase assumes that current cost-sharing subsidies and a federal mandate requiring people to have health insurance will not be in place next year.

Highmark's rate request comes after Aetna, which covers almost 12,000 Delawareans under the ACA, announced last month that it is pulling out of Delaware health insurance exchange.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists say this year's summer "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay will be larger than average.

"Dead zone" refers areas of low or no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life.

Scientists with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey gave a forecast on the dead zone on Wednesday.

They say this year's dead zone could be about 1.89 cubic miles, or nearly the volume of 3.2 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart says he may run for U.S. Senate next year after his surprisingly strong showing in the GOP primary for governor.

The former state campaign chairman for President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that his near-victory over former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie showed there's strong interest in his brand of confrontational politics.

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The legendary Skipjack captain Art Daniels died yesterday at his home at the age of 95.

Lee Daniels told the Salisbury Daily Times that his grandfather had “a really good run.”

He was a frequent winner of the annual Skipjack Races at Deal Island.

And up until a few years ago he was active even attending the captain’s dinner for the races each year.

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The Sussex County Council has given its blessing to a proposed $143 million budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.

The spending plan does not include any increase in the property tax but does provide new dollars from the cash reserves to pay for critical services and infrastructure.

The budget also provides money for additional Delaware State Troopers in Sussex County.

There’s also $8 million for a pilot project to start major upgrade at the wastewater treatment facilities that will double their capacity.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local leaders have advised residents the Ku Klux Klan have planned a rally to protest a Virginia city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
 
The Daily Progress reports Charlottesville officials told residents at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church on Monday about the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights' rally scheduled for July 8 at Justice Park, renamed from Jackson Park after a city council vote in early June.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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The City of Salisbury is being sued by the volunteer firefighter company that left Fire Department Station 1 earlier this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are seeking the return of equipment and other items they said they bought as well as nearly $500-thousand in damages.

The suit also charges that the Fire Chief acted with malice and ill will toward the fire company.  

Mayor Jake Day says the city is meeting with the firefighters and has list of what it will return and what it will not.

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It was a no-go against last night at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The launch of the sounding rocket was called off in the final minutes of the count down.

It is the 7th time that the mission has been scrubbed.

The mission would take about eight minutes sending up red and blue-green tracer clouds over a hundred miles above the earth’s surface.

Scientists need clear weather so they can track the vapors to study the motion of particles in space.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nonprofit group dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay says a shell recycling program is growing.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership said Tuesday the program has grown by 28 restaurant members over the past six months.

The new restaurant members are in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Natural oyster shell is important to a healthy oyster population. That's because it is the preferred material for oyster larvae to attach and grow.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democrats are proposing a new personal income tax bracket starting at $150,000 while Republicans are calling for broad fiscal reform as Delaware lawmakers continue struggling to fashion a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Frustration remained evident among Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Tuesday as the July 1 start of the fiscal year looms closer with no budget agreement in sight.

Republicans say Democrats don't appear to be serious about cutting state spending.

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